June 21, 2020

Facebook issues

The number of controversial posts the company has removed from the platform. It deleted a record number of hate speech posts with 9.6 million pieces of content taken down between January and March 2020 compared to 5.7 million in the prior period. 4.7 million posts were removed that originated from organized hate groups in the first quarter of this year which is an increase of more than 3 million on Q4, 2019.

Facebook attibuted the increase in hate speech removals to technology improvements for automatically identifying images and text. In a statement, the company said that "we’re now able to detect text embedded in images and videos in order to understand its full context, and we’ve built media matching technology to find content that’s identical or near-identical to photos, videos, text and even audio that we’ve already removed." The report shows that 88.3 percent of all hate speech content was removed before users reported it in Q1.

Amount of hate speech content removed by Facebook

Source: Facebook

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